Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Frances Welty is a twice-divorced romance novelist who is in a personal and career downward spiral. Out of hopes of rejuvenation, she books a 10-day retreat at the Tranquillem House. Along with 8 other guests, she willingly submits to the rigorous schedule of fasting, silence, and meditation that owner, Masha, sets for them. What the guests don't bargain for is the exceptional level of madness and mayhem that ensues after Masha's ambition overtakes her common sense.
I found Nine Perfect Strangers to be an entertaining whirlwind of calamities. There were no real surprises here but the reading experience was pleasant. I've found most of Moriarty's books to be fairly unforgettable; to the point of getting more than halfway one of her books before realizing I had read it before. This fortunately wasn't the case. It's no great work of fiction but it was a fun ride! The perfect book to escape the stress of the holidays, especially if you have family staying over or your children are on a perpetual sugar high.